Thu, Apr 6, 6:20pm by Head Editor
After months of speculation, eight-time world champion Manny Pacquiao has finally agreed to terms to fight undefeated Australian Jeff Horn at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.
‘Pac-Man’, who is also currently serving as the Senator of the Phillipines will put his WBO welterweight title on the line against 29-year-old Horn, who will have the hometown support, given he was born in the Queensland capital.
The fight will only go ahead because of Ramadan. Yes. Ramadan. The eight-division world champion was scheduled to fight Amir Khan later this month but the Briton cannot fight during Islam’s holiest month.
The pair could still meet, however, as Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz said he was still hoping to arrange a Pacquiao fight with Khan in either the Middle East or the Philippines in October or November.
The Filipino boxing legend is very long odds on to retain his world title against Jeff Horn. Sportsbet had the 38-year-old as short as $1.11 on Thursday, with ‘The Hornet’ at $6.
Sportsbet’s Will Byrne said “finally it looks as though Horn will get a shot at the Pacman and it appears as though Suncorp Stadium is the likely venue. Jeff is the outsider, but if the Lang Park Cauldron is the venue then Jeff will have a parochial home crowd in his corner.’’
The July 2 fight will be Pacquiao’s first since his unanimous decision victory for the title over American Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas last November. The one-sided points win secured his 59th victory in 67 fights.
Horn, who first pulled on the gloves four years ago, has a record of 16 wins and one draw. He was just six years old when his opponent made his professional debut in 1995.
$1.11 Manny Pacquiao
$6.00 Jeff Horn
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